Thursday, June 30, 2011

Advice Please?

Okay, this is where I pretend to have a loyal blog following and ask for help:

I desperately need your advice!
[cue the crickets]

Well, to my few (and I mean it in the very literal sense of the word 'few') followers:

What do you think about refinishing this desk?

Should I take the plunge?

How would you refinish it?

Some important facts to know:

1. It was originally my grandfather's so it's sentimental (aka I don't want to ruin it)
2. It's old: as young as 75 -- as old as 100 years?
3. I'm not trying to keep it original so painting it is my first thought.
4. Last and most important: I've never restored a piece of furniture, ever!

The top finish is pretty scratched up. I thought about putting a glass top on this when it's done. What do you think?

Hardware: all intact and not hideous at all.


1. Keep as is?
2. Keep original, but paint?
3. Change entirely -- to what?

I think she has pretty lines.

All the drawers need stops and could stand to glide smoother (suggestions?)

And finally, what type of finish? What color?

I'm thinking an off white, perhaps with some glazing, but am open to suggestions.

Oh and here is the matching chair. It's original to the desk.

Closeup of side detail

Back of chair.

Seat is some type of faux leather and I can see another layer of fabric under that.
To be honest, it's not the most comfy of chairs and I don't know if I'd want to sit in it for long periods of time at a desk.

So do I repurpose it for somewhere else?

Keep it with the desk b/c it's original to the desk?

See? I told you I needed your help!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Polar Opposites

The weather this spring/summer has been less than stellar.

It's not uncommon for one day to be 30 degrees cooler than the previous.

Or even drastically different from morning to late afternoon on the same day.

I knew moving to the 'country' we had our own weather climate here, but I still have a hard time getting used to it. Severe storms blow in with no real notice.

We haven't purchased a pool pass this summer and the weather lately has made me glad we didn't. Couldn't go walking this morning due to rain, and then 'Sybil' [my affectionate name for Mother Nature] decides to break out in puffy white clouds and bright blue skies. What gives?


Nothing speaks volumes better than pictures so here ya go!

8am today


And exactly 2 hours later
same day
same location

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cupcakes Any-Onesie?

Made these yesterday for a friend's baby shower

What do you think?

Where do you display your American Pride?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Day of Summer?

First day of summer can only mean one thing...
Tornado Warnings and Severe Weather!

This was at 8:19 pm

...and then only 5 minutes later at 8:24

This was a little later

Monday, June 20, 2011

Encouraging Words

The Nester is talking about Everyday Encouragement

I have a drawer at my desk where I keep notes of encouraging words
Right next to my chocolate stash

They both uplift this girl's spirit, what can I say?

This is a horrible picture taken spur of the moment at 6am on a dark rainy day without a flash with my phone.

I really just didn't want to show you all my best chocolate in plain view LOL.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!


This is my all time favorite pic of my own dad
with my mom
I think right after they got married.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Got this today at a Garage Sale
This is actually a lady who holds about 3 sales a year and resells her flea market finds, including this antique jar from Italy

Isn't she pretty? And it's hard to tell in the pics but this is big - about 10 inches or so at its widest.

I opted for a flameless candle b/c I don't want to deal with cleaning up dripped wax

Love it even more at night!

Who am I?

My photo
I'm a SAHM of 4 kids living in the Chicago burbs and enjoying life!

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